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Seeing the Light: Inside the Velvet Underground

Rob Jovanovic

Reviewed by Michael Toland, Fri., June 15, 2012

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Seeing the Light: Inside the Velvet Underground

by Rob Jovanovic
St. Martin's Press, 294 pp., $26.99

For an outfit with such a short initial existence, there sure are a lot of books about the Velvet Underground. Instead of forming a band, did every one of the relatively few people who saw the New Yorkers back in the Sixties sit down at the typewriter instead? It's a testament to the band's ongoing influence, of course, that leads to the publication of books like Seeing the Light: Inside the Velvet Underground – whose value dwells in the reader's own perspective. For longtime fans this tome adds nothing new, although chapters on the group's post-Loaded existence offer some glimmers, and there's more commentary from Moe Tucker and Doug Yule than expected. Those new to the Velvets get a quick-and-dirty guide to the band, blazing through its initial career (1964-1973) and brief Nineties reunion with more facts than analysis.

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